ringtail

noun
ring·​tail | \ ˈriŋ-ˌtāl How to pronounce ringtail (audio) \

Definition of ringtail

1 : raccoon
2 : a carnivore (Bassariscus astutus) of the western U.S. and Mexico that is related to and resembles the raccoon

called also cacomistle, civet cat, ringtail cat, ringtailed cat

Examples of ringtail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the safari, travelers can enjoy giraffes, rhinos, zebras, ringtail lemurs and more. David K. Li, NBC News, 12 May 2022 During the safari, travelers can enjoy giraffes, rhinos, zebras, ringtail lemurs and more. David K. Li, NBC News, 12 May 2022 During the safari, travelers can enjoy giraffes, rhinos, zebras, ringtail lemurs and more. David K. Li, NBC News, 12 May 2022 During the safari, travelers can enjoy giraffes, rhinos, zebras, ringtail lemurs and more. David K. Li, NBC News, 12 May 2022 Climate change also may have helped kill off the golden toad of Costa Rica’s cloud forests, which was last seen 33 years ago, and the wild population of Australia’s white ringtail possum, which perished in a series of heat waves. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 1 Mar. 2022 Now, the ringtail sits alongside several other new additions: the Rock squirrel, fox squirrel, rat, raccoon, armadillo, bobcat, gray fox and axis deer. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Nov. 2021 The catlike nocturnal mammal, often called a ringtail cat, is part of the raccoon family. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Nov. 2021 During the safari, travelers can enjoy giraffes, rhinos, zebras, ringtail lemurs and more. Lea Lane, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ringtail

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

23 Jun 2022

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“Ringtail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringtail. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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